Nara Plum Blossoms (spots, forecast 2024, Best time)

Nara Plum Blossoms, Ume tree

The information about Nara Plum Blossoms is presented here. In Nara, there are popular spots to see the plum blossoms such as Tsukigase Bairin (Tsukigase Baikei), Anou Bairin, Hirohashi Bairin, Kataoka Bairin, Yakushi-ji Temple and Sugawara Tenmangu Shrine. Incidentally, Tsukigase Bairin, Anou Bairin, and Hirohashi Bairin are said to be the three largest bairin (plum groves) in Nara Prefecture.

【Kataoka Bairin (Nara City): late February to mid-March】

At Kataoka Bairin (Kataoka Plum Grove, 片岡梅林), about 250 plum trees are planted, including red and white plums. Kataoka Bairin has been a famous place for plum blossoms since ancient times. Kataoka Bairin is located in the eastern part of Asajigahara-enchi in Nara Park. Kataoka Bairin is also called Enso Bairin.

【Tsukigase Bairin (Nara City): early to late March】

At Tsukigase Bairin (Tsukigase Baikei, Tsukigase Plum Grove, 月ヶ瀬梅林, 月ヶ瀬梅渓), about 13,000 plum trees are planted, including shirakaga, gyokuei, aojiku, oshukubai, and benichidori plum trees. Tsukigase Bairin also holds Ume Matsuri (Plum Festival). (Confirmation required) Tsukigase Bairin is said to have originated from plum trees planted at Shinbuku-ji Temple in the mid-Kamakura period (1185-1333). An ancient plum tree called Himewaka-no-Ume is planted at Shinpuku-ji Temple. In Tsukigase Bairin, there is a 600-year-old plum tree called “Tosen-no-Ume,” which is the oldest tree in Tsukigase Bairin.

【Anou Bairin (Gojo City): late February to late March】

At Anou Bairin (Anou Plum Grove, 賀名生梅林), about 20,000 plum trees are planted, including shirakaga, rishu and oshukubai plum trees. It is said that Anou Bairin was already a famous spot for plum blossoms in the Nanbokucho period (1337-1392) because a southern court nobleman who was exiled from Kyoto recited the plum blossoms of Anou in waka poems.

【Hirohashi Bairin (Shimoichi Town): late February to late March】
At Hirohashi Bairin (Hirohashi Plum Grove, 広橋梅林), about 5,000 plum trees are planted, including white, red, single-bloom, and double-bloom plum trees. Hirohashi Bairin also holds Ume-no-satoyama matsuri (Plum Festival) around mid-March. (Confirmation required) Hirohashi Bairin also has a fruit garden planted with 10 varieties of plum trees, including plum, apricot, loquat, karin, bungo-bai, kenkyo-ume, gyokei, kanko-bai, shirakaga, and nanko-ume plum trees.

【Oiwake Bairin (Nara City): early March-】

At Oiwake Bairin (Oiwake Plum Grove, 追分梅林), about 600 plum trees are planted, including white and red plum trees. Oiwake Bairin used to be planted with about 4,000 plum trees and was visited by many people on holidays due to its easy accessibility, but due to an accident a few years ago, the number of plum trees was temporarily reduced to about 70.

【Yakushi-ji Temple (Nara City): late January to early March】

At Yakushi-ji Temple (薬師寺), about 100 plum trees are planted, including red, white, and weeping plum trees. Yakushi-ji Temple originated in 680, when the 40th Emperor Tenmu requested the construction of a temple to pray for the healing of the illness of Empress Uno no Sara (the 41st Emperor Jito). In 710, the capital was moved from Fujiwara-kyo to Heijo-kyo, and in 718, Yakushi-ji Temple was moved to its present location.

【Sugawara Tenmangu Shrine (Nara City): early February to mid-March】

At Sugawara Tenmangu Shrine (菅原天満宮), about 100 plum trees are planted, including red, white, and weeping plum trees. Sugawara Tenmangu Shrine also holds Bonbai-ten (exhibition). (Confirmation required) Sugawara Tenmangu Shrine is said to have its origin in the ancestral deity of the Haji clan, Amenohohi-no-Mikoto, who was enshrined by the Haji clan.

【Yamato Bunkakan (Nara City): late January to mid-March】

At Yamato Bunkakan (大和文華館), about 80 plum trees of about 50 varieties are planted along the ume-no-komichi (plum path), including Kagoshima-kobai and Fuji-botan-shidare plum trees. Yamato Bunkakan is a private art museum focusing on ancient oriental art. Yamato Bunkakan was opened on October 1st, 1960 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Kinki Nippon Railway. Yamato Bunkakan has about 2,000 items in its collection, including paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, and ceramics, mainly from Japan, China, and Korea.

【Yamato Minzoku Park (Yamato Koriyama City): early February to mid-March】

At Yamato Minzoku Park (Yamato Folk Park, 大和民俗公園), about 150 plum trees are planted in the Minpaku bairin (plum grove) on the east side of the park, including wax, red, and white plum trees. Yamato Minzoku Park is a comprehensive park with an area of about 26.6 hectares developed in the eastern part of Yada Hill in Yamato Koriyama City, which preserves the historical climate of the castle town. Yamato Minzoku Park has 15 old private houses built in the Edo period (1603-1868) in the park, where the rich nature of Satoyama remains.

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